DOMESTIC DIVA’S TRAVEL DIARIES: First HK Day Out, Finally

After nursing Little Boy’s high fever (it reached up to 39!) during our entire first night in HK, Dear Hubby and I decided to bring him to the doctor’s clinic the next morning making it the very first official destination of this trip.  I was prepared for the worst: having my son confined and spend the rest of this holiday in a hospital.  But just as how this trip sprang to me as a surprise, the doctor declared him fever-free and fit to walk around and  Little Boy announced that he’s rrrreeeaady to rrrrummble!

We didn’t waste any more time and went straight to the OCEAN PARK as scheduled in our Sunday morning  itinerary.  Yes, this OC mom kept an itinerary hehehe 🙂 In my defense, I had to keep a schedule to make sure we’d go first to the “family places” before Dear Hubby starts  working (which was the reason why we’re all here in the first place).  I must say that today was the warmest weather we had the whole time we’re here, 23 degrees.

This is heaven for the Little Boy!

I read somewhere that China presented Hong Kong with two pandas during the turnover in 1997.  The two pandas (we only saw one though) now reside in Ocean Park and are said to be much loved.  If you visit in a warm day and the Pandas are relaxing in a cool 17 degrees Celsius, you know they must be revered.  Imagine the air-conditioning bill they must generate! Now that truly is love.

OLD HONG KONG is the newest attraction (opened in March 2012) at the Ocean Park where HK in the 50’s-70’s is revisited and relived.  Streets and scenes were recreated to give us an idea of how they lived back then. i.e. tong lau (old tenement buildings), vintage trams, rickshaws, clock tower and colonial police post.  It also includes dai pai dong selling street food, and Kee Wah Bakery.

I was just so glad we survived our first day out, now we had to bring Little Boy back to the hotel for some rest.  We’re avoiding a relapse… which could jeopardize my chance to see Mickey Mouse  🙂

UP NEXT:  Domestic Diva’s Disney Adventure

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LOLLIPOP’S PLAYLAND, SENAYAN CITY

It’s been raining recently here in Jakarta that’s why an indoor playground is a welcome treat for us.  We have been to Lollipop’s Playland in Senayan City Mall quite a number of times and all of those visits have been because of birthday parties being held there.  Just recently, we were invited by one of Little Boy’s classmates to another Lollipop’s experience.

It’s got the usual kiddie favorites like the giant slides, net balls, rides, inflatables, etc. but it also has many interesting attractions. One of them is the Mechanical Bull where one can modify the “speed” or “level of difficulty” to suit your kids.  There’s also a fish pond where kids can catch the fish and can actually take them home as pets.  Side story:  The first (and only) time we took home about five of them (all of whom had been “baptized” with names), we had to deal with fish after fish gone belly up in the makeshift tank.  I felt sorry for them (oh the stress that they go through when the kids try to catch them!) and for my son for dealing with the loss of “friends”.

Other alternative activities could be 3D movie viewing which runs on regular showing schedules much like a real movie house.  There’s also a Wii area for bigger kids and a painting/drawing area for smaller kids to enjoy.

But the runaway winning attractions for me are the Trampoline and the Kiddie Zip Line!  I would have tried both if it weren’t for the weight limit.  Ouch! 🙂

Food kiosks are available so it’s a guarantee that you’ll never get hungry.

Parents and nannies have a seating area too.  This is where me and my co-mommies catch up :).

As mentioned earlier, Lollipop’s is also open for birthday celebrations. This is an ideal venue, I must say, for kids who are not in the mood to join the birthday fun games because they can just sneak out from the party and in to the play area.  You can tell I’m talking from experience here, huh :).

The view from the seating area which clearly indicates when it’s time to go or stay a little more to let the traffic pass.

Lollipop’s Playland Locations
Senayan City
6TH FLOOR
Jl. Asia Afrika Lot 19
Jakarta 10270
Mal Kelapa Gading 3
2ND FLOOR
Jl. Bulevar Kelapa Gading Blok M
Jakarta 14240

Gandaria City
2ND FLOOR
Jl. Sultan Iskandar Muda, Kebayoran Lama Utara
Jakarta Selatan

SEXY LAUNDRY, ANYONE?

I may be differently abled in the kitchen but you can never fault me in the laundry department.  Among my domestic diva duties, doing the laundry is my favorite chore. I’m quite OC (obsessive compulsive) with how I organize the clothes before washing them. From sorting (colored vs. whites, all tops together, all bottoms together, underwear, etc.) to pulling out each pocket for loose change and receipts, up to the number of detergent scoops  and the amount of fabric softener I use.

This particular activity is therapeutic for me too.  I like smelling mah boys’ clothes before putting them in the machine  (yes, I’m weird that way haha!) because it kinda  transports me to the place where every stain has a story and to the time when they were at work or play.  I also love the fact that once I put the laundry in the washer,  I can do other important tasks like, say… surfing the net :).  Heaven forbid that our machine breaks down… I might just do this… On second thought, Dear Hubby might just like it 🙂

Video courtesy of Esquire Philippines.

BACK TO THE GRIND

Yes, it’s back to regular programming for me!  Thanks so much for your sweet “get well” messages, they gave me comfort when my taste buds were not working and my skin burned from too much wintergreen ointment.  I knew I’ve recovered from the bug when thoughts of  working in the kitchen suddenly appealed to me (!), anything that will get me out of the bed :).  I am just so glad that I feel better now to attend to quite a number of important events: a recording album launch one evening (not mine of course!), parent-teacher meeting and play date the following morning.  Too bad I didn’t get well soon enough for a very dear friend’s surprise birthday party.  Nevertheless, this domestic diva has managed a balanced life this week.

IMELA KEI’S ALBUM LAUNCH

We met Imel because she’s married to a half Filipino-half Indonesian guy, Marko (of Mike’s Apartment band).  Both have established strong ties within the Filipino circle in Indonesia.   Imel, who is a member of the Ten2Five band, a composer and arranger, recently came out with her first solo album and we’re honored to have been invited to its launch.  ‘Twas my first time to watch her in action (I just see her on dinners and parties :)) and I was blown away by her voice! Imagine Amy Winehouse, Adele and Alicia Keys rolled into one petite frame!

Here's to the "White Lilies" launch!

Marko and his band, Mike's Apartment, opened the launch.

Not only does Imel have a powerful voice, she also has a mean piano prowess!

That night was also Imel's birthday celebration!

Cheers!!!

PARENT-TEACHER MEETING I might just post a separate article on this.  My discussion with Little Boy’s teacher was so interesting we nearly went overtime (each parent was given 15 minutes).  Had there been more time, I would have taken some photos.  I know, I’m weird that way hahaha!

THE PLAY DATE

My co-parent, Irene Connolly, once again opened the doors of her lovely home for a play date.  Their house is an ideal place for kids to run around and get busy in.  It’s spacious enough to have bicycles, toy cars, scooters and skate boards running simultaneously INSIDE the living room area .  She has two little girls but the collection of toys can likewise be enjoyed by the boys.  The tent and the trampoline are always a guaranteed hit with the kids too.  I don’t know how she remains calm and composed when kids play on her white couch and eat spaghetti on her equally immaculate carpet!  And because she’s such a gracious host, her kitchen is a favorite cook-out “playground” among the moms too 🙂

The calm before the storm.

Aaaand the chaos begins...

Girls just wanna have fun!

The kids having a blast...

Getting all the kids together for a group photo was a challenge!

See you again soon, moms!

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